This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: As a boy, Ulysses Simpson Grant was humble and quiet. His classmates took this for a lack of intelligence and gave Ulysses the nickname “Useless.”
But as a young man he was accepted into West Point. Grant graduated in 1843, but planned to leave military service as soon as possible. His first assignment was in Jefferson Barracks, south of St. Louis, where he met Julia Dent, the sister of his West Point roommate. He fell madly in love and married her in 1848 after returning from the War with Mexico.